Drawing a Blank: Improving Comprehension for Readers on the Autism Spectrum

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Although they may be fluent readers - indeed, many have very precocious reading skills - individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need support for comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle, qualitative, and difficult to tease out. As a result, their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. Further aggravating the situation is the fact that otherwise competent educational ...

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Overview

Although they may be fluent readers - indeed, many have very precocious reading skills - individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need support for comprehension. Comprehension difficulties in readers with ASD can be subtle, qualitative, and difficult to tease out. As a result, their substantial level of risk for reading comprehension problems is often overlooked or unaddressed, and many students struggle in silence. Further aggravating the situation is the fact that otherwise competent educational professionals is both general education and special education settings have limited training and experience helping readers with ASD. This is where Drawing a Blank comes in. Using a clearly stated and well-organized approach, this practical resource provides educational professionals and parents with the tools to improve comprehension for good decoders who have reading comprehension difficulties, as well as readers who struggle with both decoding and comprehension. In keeping with current standards, the book emphasizes the importance of using evidence-based and promising practices based on thorough assessment of student's needs.

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Children's Literature - Cathi I. White
Comprehension is a major part of reading. Some children are good at understanding what they have read, while others are not. Children on the autism spectrum (ASD), including those with hyperlexia, struggle with reading and comprehension. Parents and teachers experience difficulty getting them to understand and progress in reading. However, this first-class, educational book is here to help! From her own experience with an autistic child, the author introduces the reader to the problems that children have with reading and comprehension. She explores the way they learn and how to deal with those problems. The book gives many research based, practical methods of teaching children how to improve their vocabulary and comprehension. For example, one way for children to learn synonyms better is to write them on a paint color sample chart. The words are written on the chart starting with the meaning that is the least intense to the one that is the most. The more the intense the meaning, the darker the color it is written on. Children will see a visual of colors and see the words written from least to most intense in meaning, therefore, better understanding the synonyms and their connotations. There are other excellent strategies such as relating the title to the text, using primer passages, ways to explain idioms, writing and drawing pictures to help with comprehension, using technology such as electronic dictionaries, visual dictionaries, specifically teaching the meanings of prefixes and suffixes, and other visual tools that help to understand what is read. Appendices are included that have more research-based information as well as charts and ideas that can be used in the classroom. This outstanding book is a must-read for teachers and parents who work with children with ASD. Reviewer: Cathi I. White
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934575772
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/26/2011
  • Pages: 266
  • Sales rank: 246,681
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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